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Very friendly, very practical, and very industry oriented, this manual helps engineering technicians and technologists upgrade fundamental skills in writing by focusing on the problems that are encountered by writers and the solutions to those problems. Viewing technical writing as "constructed/engineered" writing, it shows how technical writing is really technical composing that combines text as well as visual (graphic) and mathematical conceptualizations. Provides many writing samples and models that were developed for genuine applications in company settings. The down-to-earth, accessible style and how-to-do-it approach features a crisp corporate seminar-style presentation that gets to the point quickly and stays focused on topics and situations that are clearly relevant and immediately applicable. (Part of The Wordworks Series--a series of four communication skills manuals--three writers' guides for engineering and technical applications and an additional guide to in-service spoken communication.) Finding the Starting Line; Thinking and Speaking; The Way We Write; False Starts; Project Preparation; The Main Event; Fundamental Project Architecture; Compound Architectures; Outline Controls; Paragraph Logic; Memoranda; Business Letters; Laboratory Reports; Bids, Estimates and Proposals. For engineering technicians and technologists in a variety of fields--e.g., computer information systems, construction engineering, biomedical equipment technology, digital electronics, autocad, environmental control technology, microcomputer management, biotech, avionics, and many more.
1. Finding the Starting Line.
I. WORDS AT WORK: THE PRELIMINARIES.
2. Thinking and Speaking.
3. The Way We Write.
II. THE WORKPLACE WRITING PROCESS.
4. False Starts.
5. Project Preparation.
6. The Main Event.
III. DESIGN BASICS: SUPERSTRUCTURE LOGIC AND INFRASTRUCTURE LOGIC.
7. Fundamental Project Architecture.
8. Compound Architectures.
9. Outline Controls.
10. Paragraph Logic.
IV. DOCUMENT PROTOTYPES: THE BASIC FORMATTING PRACTICES.
12. Business Letters.
13. Laboratory Reports.
14. Bids, Estimates and Proposals.
Appendix A. Guidelines for Editing Projects.
Appendix B. Templates and Tips.